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    1. Why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? (Contributed by Don F.)
    2. Why do some people use the expression 'Good Grief'? What is a Bad Grief? (Contributed by Don F.)
    3. Why is the plural of goose-geese and not the plural of moose-meese? (Contributed by Don F.)
    4. If two mouses are mice and two louses are lice why aren't two houses hice? (Contributed by Don F.)
    5. Why does X stand for a kiss and O stand for a hug? (Contributed by Don F.)
    6. Where do swear words come from? (Contributed by Don F.)
    7. Why do we say something is awfully good? What exactly do we mean by this? (Contributed by Don F.)
    8. We sometimes say 'he wouldn't even hurt a fly'. Does anybody ACTUALLY hurt a fly? (Contributed by Don F.)
    9. Why did Confucius always speak in English? (Contributed by Don F.)
    10. Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? (Contributed by Don F.)
    11. How might a nonhuman language differ from a human one? (Contributed by David R. Woolley)
    12. Can you have only one plural? (Contributed by Alex Petty)
    13. How can something be 'Pretty Ugly'? (Contributed by Jonathan Arena)
    14. How can you 'act' your age? (Contributed by Sergey Vaynshteyn)
    15. Why is it that to belittle is to be little? (Contributed by Mrs. J.)
    16. Have you ever wondered why just one letter makes all the difference between here and there? (Contributed by Nancy Carson)
    17. What is the contraction for will not? Willn't? (Contributed by W.J. Newhart)
    18. If a person that raises a fowl is called a fowler what do you call a person that raises a stink? (Contributed by W.J. Newhart)
    19. Why is it that when we 'fix' a machine we take something that's broken and get it working but if we 'fix' a human or animal we take something that's working and break it? (Contributed by Pieboy)
    20. Which is correct: semi literate or semi illiterate? (Contributed by W.J. Newhart)
    21. Can you be frequent infrequently? (Contributed by W.J. Newhart)
    22. Why is it nothing good ever comes after the words "Sit down we have to talk"? (Contributed by Jim Adams)
    23. Is one member of a posse called a possi? If so shouldn't more than one possi be called a possum? (Contributed by W.J. Newhart)
    24. Why is it that people will say 'my oh my' or 'me oh my' but never 'me oh me' or 'my oh me'? And why not? (Contributed by Heidi)
    25. Why are swear words the first words a foreigner learns without an accent? (Contributed by Teak)
    26. Why is it that in movies they want us to believe that foreigners prefer to speak english to each other when they are alone? (Contributed by Emma Grant)
    27. Why do people who wish to pass themselves off as foreigners think that it's not necessary to speak the language and that a simple accent will do? (Contributed by Emma Grant)
    28. Wouldn't the sentence 'I want to put a hyphen between the words Fish and And and And and Chips in my Fish-And-Chip sign' have been clearer if quotation marks had been placed before Fish and between Fish and and and and and And and And and and and and and And and And and and and and and Chips as well as after Chips? (Contributed by Jason Q)
    29. Why do people say 'This and That' as opposed to 'That and This'? (Contributed by Lady Mara)
    30. If the plural of octopus is octopi and platypus is platypi what is the plural of schoolbus? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    31. If you write the Spoken Word is it not then the Written Word? Or does it become the Unspoken Word? (Contributed by W.J. Newhart)
    32. Why is someone who has seen better days, 'gone to pot'? (Contributed by MailBits.com)
    33. If the plural of mouse is mice, what is the plural of spouse? (Contributed by Life_Is_A_Joke)
    34. Why do people say G'night? Don't they have enough energy to say goodnight? (Contributed by Don F.)
    35. Why must we add 'the heck' to some of our questions? Why the heck can't we just say 'What'? Or 'Who'? Or 'Why'? (Contributed by Don F.)
    36. The English language can be lip-read but the Chinese language cannot. How many other languages can be lip-read? (Contributed by Eileen Graham)
    37. Is the reason why we refer to our language as the 'Mother Tongue', because Fathers never get a chance to use much of it? (Contributed by Lee Daniel Quinn)
    38. If the plural of cactus is cacti, how come the plural of bus isn't bi? (Contributed by John Foster)
    39. Why is sphinges the plural of sphinx if there's only one? (Contributed by John Foster)
    40. Isn't kindness the only language in which the deaf can hear and the blind can see? (Contributed by Mark T.)
    41. What's the difference between new and brand new? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    42. Have you ever considered how often someone out there must say a sentence that's never ever been said before? (Contributed by Joe)
    43. Why do North Americans fill a form out but the English fill it in? (Contributed by G. Roger Gilbertson)
    44. Why is humankind always referred to as 'mankind' or 'man'? Isn't a greater percentage of the population women? (Contributed by Melania)
    45. If a cigarette is like a smaller version of a cigar, is a gazette a smaller version of a gaz? Or a rockette, a smaller version of a rock? (Contributed by Kiani)
    46. Why does most everything your grandfather days to you start with 'When I was your age'? (Contributed by Starr and Neo)
    47. In Spanish, if Madre means mother wouldn't Fadre mean father? (Contributed by ZenRN)
    48. [For those familiar with Latin, ed.] If you were to cross a coatamundi and a peccary, would you get a pecatamundi? (Contributed by Evaonne Hendricks)
    49. Do bilingual people have to meditate longer to get two languages out of their heads? (Contributed by Ralphie)
    50. If it is better to be strong than weak, why is ‘strong language’ bad? (Contributed by Anon)
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